Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela says his survival strategy in the Absa Premiership is to win the mid-table which is ‘within’ his side’s market and reach.
“If we can’t be Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits, then we have to get where Cape Town City and SuperSport United are, that’s where we need to be. So, we are trying to win our own league within our own market,” stated Komphela.
The former Chiefs mentor has coached a number of mid-level teams in the Absa Premiership with limited resources but managed to get the best out of the players, like he did at Bloemfontein Celtic last season when the side had financial issues and now at Arrows.
“When you start to be complacent and familiar then you become mediocre. We are not going to be comfortable here,” said Komphela.
The Durban based team is currently in position 7 on the log standings with 27 points from 20 matches. “We spent the better part of the season at number 4. Apart from the notorious chasers of the Premiership we should top the list of the market,” added the ex-Celtic coach.
“The important thing is to be on 27 points and get beyond the threshold for relegation so that we play with ease and a better ambition of getting to 40 points. There is stress when you are playing down there. If you can imagine teams that are on 17 points, it shows how tough it is.”
Abafana Bes’thende will next face Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in a last 32 Nedbank Cup clash at Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto on Saturday.
Kickoff at 15:00.
By FARPost Reporter